Enjoy traditional American cuisine at O'Loughlins Restaurant, home of American comfort food.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
O'Loughlins Restaurant offers an affordable happy hour.
O'Loughlins Restaurant is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Live music is often featured for visitors' enjoyment.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to O'Loughlins Restaurant in jeans and a hoodie.
Bring the O'Loughlins Restaurant's great food to your place.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Free parking is available right next door.
O'Loughlins Restaurant offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Don't look any further, head to O'Loughlins Restaurant for your next American meal.
O'Loughlins Restaurant serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated O'Loughlins Restaurant.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by George's Restaurant and Carryout's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this pizzeria has kid-friendly food and seating.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Free parking is offered every day in the lot next door, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their meal.
George's Restaurant and Carryout offers safe bike parking outside.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on George's Restaurant and Carryout's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
So come taste the pizza at George's Restaurant and Carryout for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at George's Restaurant and Carryout.
So head over to George's Restaurant and Carryout, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
When you order pizza from George's Restaurant and Carryout, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Ditch the boxed pasta at home and head to Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn for fresh pasta dishes with tasty sauces.
For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the restaurant offers quite the selection.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn for easy seating.
Take it nice and easy at Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn offers catering.
Aside from the delicious, mouth-watering food and drinks, what's the best thing about us? Our free parking. Plain and simple.
Travel by bike to Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn and store your bike at a nearby rack.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn, so plan your budget accordingly.
So head on over to Bella Italia Restaurant of Arn and send your taste buds on a delicious trip to Italy.
Grab a seat and dig in! Mother's Peninsula Grille in Arnold offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Hop online in no time using Mother's Peninsula Grille's free wifi.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Mother's Peninsula Grille as well.
Between the music and the crowds, Mother's Peninsula Grille's noise levels can be intense.
Weeknights are busy for Mother's Peninsula Grille, so call ahead and make a reservation if you can.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Mother's Peninsula Grille in jeans and a hoodie.
You can also grab your food to go.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Mother's Peninsula Grille.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Mother's Peninsula Grille, so plan your budget accordingly.
Make your next meal a pizza party! Domino's Pizza in Arnold's Arnold neighborhood is a tasty departure from your weekday routine.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Domino's Pizza will be able to accommodate your large party.
Domino's Pizza's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Domino's Pizza.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Domino's Pizza.
Domino's Pizza is making the best of both worlds happen: creating food that is full of flavor and affordable!
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Domino's Pizza, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Domino's Pizza and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Pizza Bolis, Arnold's classic pizza venue.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Pizza Bolis, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Dining at Pizza Bolis? Enjoy the easy and free parking in the lot next door.
Head on over to Pizza Bolis first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Pizza Bolis is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Pizza Bolis and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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